Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause, How to treatment?

May 25, 2019

1st presentation of laser therapy for GSM

  Many postmenopausal women suffer from a number of nagging symptoms, ranging from vaginal dryness and atrophy to mild urinary incontinence and pain with intercourse. Specialists refer to this collection of symptoms as genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM), which can result in general discomfort and a loss of sexual intimacy. You don't have to resign yourself to live the rest of your life in a state of perpetual discomfort, he says. Today there are multiple options — including laser treatments like those long used to rejuvenate skin on the face and body — that can help.  

 Let's be honest: the thought of getting a laser treatment on the most sensitive and intimate part of your body might make you reflexively cross your legs. But the results of the three-minute treatment, which most women report causes only mild pain and discomfort (some say it feels like the snap of a rubber band), makes the procedure worthwhile for many women. The laser treatment activates the body's own healing mechanism by making a series of tiny holes in the tissue, which then stimulate the body to grow new tissue to heal these tiny wounds. The therapy is intended to boost collagen levels and elasticity. It can also increase the blood supply to the area, which can help restore lost sensation.
 Data show that women experience 70% to 80% improvement in vaginal dryness that lasts 12 to 18 months after a series of three monthly laser treatments. The data also show 60% to 70% improvement in urinary symptoms, such as urgency, frequency, and stress incontinence (leakage of urine that typically occurs when a woman coughs or sneezes). Women have also seen improvements in orgasmic function.